Perspectives

Perspectives are stories from a particular point of view that describe the how and why of EvidenceNOW and ESCALATES through visuals and words.

Successful Practice Facilitation Part 2: The Job is to “Go Find the Geese”

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This is Part 2 of Leif Solberg, MD, Dissemination Team Lead for ESCALATES’ conversation with Lyndee Knox, PhD, founding director of L.A. Net …

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Successful Practice Facilitation Part 1: It’s More Than Data Collection and Feedback, It’s Sparkle

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Leif Solberg, MD, Dissemination Team Lead for ESCALATES, spoke with Lyndee Knox, PhD, founder of L.A.Net, a primary care …

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Context Matters When Improving the ABCS of Heart Health in Diverse Places

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Why is it that research findings from different studies often seem to contradict each other? Why do summaries of research on a particular topic usually come to …

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Bridging the Two Worlds of Evidence for Best Patient Care

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It sometimes seems like there are two separate worlds when it comes to figuring out how to deliver the very best medical care to all patients equally well everywhere. Researchers, in their world, are saying …

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The idea of Coachability Could be a Key to Success in Improving ABCS

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Over the past few months, I have been visiting each EvidenceNOW Cooperative to observe the important work that practice coaches or facilitators …

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Succeeding Under MACRA’s Merit-based Incentive Payment System: How EvidenceNOW Can Help

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Small and medium-sized primary care practices face substantial challenges in meeting the requirements of …

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To Recruit or To Be Recruited: Lessons Learned from the EvidenceNOW Large Scale Recruiting Experience

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We spoke with both recruiters and practice leaders to learn what it takes to engage …

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Various Ways to Organize a Practice Extension Service – Seven Approaches

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The Affordable Care Act (ACA), better known as Obamacare, has formalized the proposal of the Primary Care Extension Program. The idea of building health …

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EvidenceNOW is a Test of Primary Care Extension

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At the turn of the 20th century, after many other more traditional dissemination strategies had been tried, there remained a large gap between what was known about more efficient …

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The Origins of AHRQ’s EvidenceNOW Evaluation: ESCALATES

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I had the opportunity to talk with David Meyers, M.D., who is the Chief Medical Officer at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) about the Agency’s EvidenceNOW initiative. He recently wrote about the origins …

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Different Paths, Same Destination: The Road to Harmonization

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With a study of the size and scope of EvidenceNOW, there could have been ample opportunity for each of the different Cooperatives to travel their own routes towards discovery …

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The public health stakes of EvidenceNOW and ESCALATES participation: A researcher’s perspective

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A few years ago, my fellow researchers and I developed a method to calculate what would happen if all evidence-based care for the prevention and treatment of coronary heart disease and heart failure were delivered.

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ESCALATES bridges key gaps in quality improvement

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Few problems facing American medicine are more daunting than the challenge of improving community primary care practices and maximizing our learning from such efforts.

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EvidenceNOW: The scale, scope to advance real practice improvement

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EvidenceNOW manifests a scale and scope of practice-based innovation work that not-so-long ago was simply not accepted in the research community as plausible, possible or important.

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ESCALATES challenges the traditional to move the field forward

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EvidenceNOW is an unparalleled investment in primary care that will show the potential of primary care to move the needle on heart health in the United States.

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EvidenceNOW/ESCALATES: A welcome approach to answering the “how” and “why”of practice engagement and change

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With several practice facilitation efforts currently in the field, including those funded by AHRQ, CMS and Milbank, I am pleased to see the team assembled as ESCALATES for the evaluation of EvidenceNOW.

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A grand learning opportunity at a crucial time

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The Robert Graham Center was created by the American Academy of Family Physicians to improve the health of both individuals and populations by enhancing delivery of primary care.

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